Methodist church begins dinners for students

The Rev. Gary Priddy, of Rock Hall United Methodist Charge, presents information on new programs offering free afterschool care and dinners for students during a Sept. 12 Rock Hall mayor and council business meeting.

ROCK HALL — The Rev. Gary Priddy of Rock Hall United Methodist Charge attended a Sept. 12 town meeting to solicit the community’s help with new a afterschool care program and dinners for students and their parents.

Both programs are free. They will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesdays in Rock Hall United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall, 5730 N. Main St.

Priddy spoke about the high number of students at Rock Hall Elementary School who qualify for free and reduced meals.

“In our churches, we sort of talk about how we can be an asset here for those kids and those families,” Priddy said.

Priddy said the programs aim to help support and empower Rock Hall youth by helping them build healthy relationships with tutors and by providing students with a full meal.

He said the church is reaching out to students to determine what they would like to eat at these meals, which are primarily geared for middle- and high school-aged students, but are open to all ages.

Priddy said all volunteers who wish to work with students will need to undergo a background check. He said there are a variety of volunteer options ranging from preparing food to washing dishes. He said donations also are accepted, from snacks to financial contributions.

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